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What does it mean if I am a carrier cystic fibrosis?

What does it mean if I am a carrier cystic fibrosis?

One gene bad: The cftr gene codes for (has information for your body about) a sodium-chloride transporter on your cell membranes. If you have two bad copies you have cf, if you have one, you are a carrier. As many as 1 in 25 caucasian adults in the us has this mutation. If you are planning on having children, talk to your spouse about genetic counseling, unless your spouse is of asian or african descent. ...Read more

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How likely is it that I am a cystic fibrosis carrier?

How likely is it that I am a cystic fibrosis carrier?

About 1 in 25: The likelihood of being a carrier for CF depends on your ethnic background. Among whites it is about 1 in 25 or 30 and in hispanics 1 in 45 or so. It is lower in african americans and asians. If there is a known person in your family with CF that will increase the risk of being a carrier. CF was only known as a disease in 1938, so before that babies died of pneumonia or diarrhea, not cf. ...Read more

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Can you be a carrier of cystic fibrosis and not be aware?

Can you be a carrier of cystic fibrosis and not be aware?

Yes, most don't : The carrier state does not affect the health of an individual and is usually discovered only after a carrier couple gives birth to an affected child.It can be picked up by specialized testing.Estimates suggest 5% of caucasions are asymptomatic aarriers of the gene. ...Read more

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I am a carrier of cystic fibrosis i want to have a baby. Is it still possible?

I am a carrier of cystic fibrosis i want to have a baby. Is it still possible?

Yes: This is a gene carried a significant number in the population that do not know they are. Most find out after they have an affected kid.Your spouse or prospective spouse can be screened for carrier status, and this can define your risks. You would never drop below 50% risk passing the carrier state.If the spouse was negative, no CF kids, if +, 1/4 risk of CF per pregnancy.You can think it over. ...Read more

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I'm 10 weeks preg. My dr said I'm a carrier of cystic fibrosis I don't understand ?

Pretty common: Various studies cite about 1/40 normal individuals are carries of one CF gene. They have no illness, and will not have a CF child unless their spouse is also a carrier. With 2 carriers 1/4 risk of CF per pregnancy would be possible.Carrier detection studies are often offered to someone who has a cf patient in their family. ...Read more

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If you were a carrier of cystic fibrosis, how do you test to see if your unborn child has inherited it?

CF: First you need to determine if the father of the baby is also a carrier of the disease as CF is a recessive disease. Therefore both parents need to be carriers and even then there is only a 25% chance the baby is affected. Doing either cvs or amnio can determine if the fetus is affected by cf. If only one parent is a carrier. Screening post natal is recommended. ...Read more

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If only one parent is a carrier of cystic fibrosis, how likely is the child to be a carrier?

If only one parent is a carrier of cystic fibrosis, how likely is the child to be a carrier?

50%: A carrier parent has 2 possible genes to pass along.There is a fifty % chance a child could get either the normal or CF gene. If they did, they would be a carrier, like the parent. ...Read more

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Can a carrier of the Cystic Fibrosis gene ever be symptomatic?

Can a carrier of the Cystic Fibrosis gene ever be symptomatic?

Autosomal recessive: CF is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder. Complete expression of the disease (symptoms) do not typically occur in people who do not have both copies of the defective gene (carriers only have one). ...Read more

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Can you be a carrier of cystic fibrosis if you have two healthy parents?

Yes: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease, but it requires two faulty genes to be expressed as a disease. A healthy person can carry one defective CF gene and not be affected by cf. If each member of a couple has a defective CF gene, they have a 25% chance of having a child who inherits both defective copies of the CF gene. Depending on the type of CF gene defect, that child could then develop cf. ...Read more

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Do both parents have to be cystic fibrosis carriers for a child to get it?

Yes: Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal recessive disease which means that a person needs to inherit 2 abnormal genes in order to have the disease. Those 2 abnormal copies come one each from the 2 parents, so both parents need to be at least carriers. ...Read more

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